In 1859, fireclay mining was first established around Armadale.
The town grew to become a successful centre for the production of bricks, pipes and tiles, as well as other fireclay products. Local fireclays achieved an international reputation for their consistency as well as their high alumina content for heat resistance. By the 1970s, the fireclay industry declined so much that most Armadale works closed.
Atlas was founded 1882 and was owned at one point by Armadale's most successful entrepreneur and philanthropist James Wood. It eventually closed in 1973.
Photo from http://www.britainfromabove.org.uk/image/spw027358
To find out more from Armadale.org.uk click here
(Memories from the TWIG 17th March 2015)
We played in the Atlas Bing, in the brickwork, and you watched for Davie Bruce the policeman coming (2.00) and Mr Richmond the manager coming, and the girls would be in one bit the boys would be in another bit and if you saw them you shouted so that you scarpered because you would get a telling off. Particularly in the brickwork, with the bricks.
You had shoe shops here in the different colours of bricks. It was different shoes that we had. And in the brickwork bing, we took the bricks and made houses, you know, things like that and shops. We had great times down there.